Beats features iPhone 5s in this inspiring World Cup ad

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 5, 2014

Football — or soccer, if you live in the US — has the potential to captivate a nation, perhaps no more than at the World Cup every four years. In just a matter of days, the world’s biggest stars of the sport will be fighting for the ultimate title in front of tens of thousands of fans in Brazil. The culture behind the event is incredible, fueled by the fact that football has some 250 million players across over 200 countries worldwide.

For one month, even the hockey-crazed nation of Canada that I call home will put aside its love for the rink and turn its eyes to the field. Living in a country that is very culturally diverse, it takes just a quick drive around the neighborhood to see Italy and Brazil flags attached to car windows and other World Cup paraphernalia scattered across front lawns and houses.

Beats wants everyone to know that it is part of this culture, releasing a new cinematic ad called The Game Before The Game. The five-minute spot captures the intensity leading up to the World Cup, including the pressure and fandom surrounding the players. The ad features over a half-dozen football stars, ranging from German players Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze to Neymar da Silva and Chicharito… Read More


Apple airs new ‘Strength’ TV ad focusing on fitness apps and accessories

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 4, 2014

Apple has just uploaded a new TV ad called “Strength” to its YouTube channel, centered upon the various health and fitness accessories for the iPhone 5s. The one-minute spot debuted just a few hours ago on national television, during the first period of the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. The upbeat commercial is backed by a song called “Chicken Fat” by Robert Preston, released in 1961 to get schoolchildren to do more daily exercise…

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Let’s Talk Jailbreak 59: iOS 8 and jailbreaking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 4, 2014

Episode 59: A discussion about the jailbreak tweaks implemented into iOS 8, the potential of an iOS 8 jailbreak, and the future of jailbreaking after iOS 8. We also round up some of our favorite features from iOS 8 with a jailbreaking perspective.

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Apple posts WWDC 2014 keynote to YouTube

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 3, 2014

In case you missed it, Apple has made available a full-length video of its WWDC 2014 keynote on its official YouTube channel. “Watch as Apple previews iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite,” the description reads, “all-new and more powerful than ever versions of the operating systems for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.” If you would prefer to watch the two-hour keynote in other ways, read ahead… Read More


You can now download the entire WWDC 2014 keynote

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2014

Shortly after wrapping up Monday’s two-hour keynote talk, Apple made the entire presentation available for streaming through its WWDC iOS app, via the Apple TV and on its website on any Mac or Windows PC with QuickTime installed.

If you want to keep the keynote video, plan on watching it on multiple devices or just have a lousy Internet connection to stream in high-definition, you can now download the entire presentation to your computer for later watching… Read More


iOS 8 AirPlay broadcasts to Apple TV without Wi-Fi

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2014

Apple’s current implementation of AirPlay, its media streaming technology, requires a Mac or iOS device to be on the same Wi-Fi network as an AirPlay receiver, which in most scenarios is the Apple TV. While seamless, AirPlay in its current form makes it impossible to use in places where you don’t have access to a local Wi-Fi network.

Feeling your pain, Apple in iOS 8 has implemented zero-configuration peer-to-peer networking between AirPlay devices. This lets you broadcast whatever content from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to your Apple TV, even if these devices are not on the same local network… Read More


The best new features from the Messages app in iOS 8 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2014

Without a doubt, I believe that quick reply for Messages was by far the most wanted feature of iOS 8 for the majority of long-time users. It’s a feature that has been egregiously overlooked by Apple with seemingly little explanation.

This morning’s keynote address finally brought an end to the wait, as native quick reply was revealed in all its glory on stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. To be honest, the keynote seemed to teeter on the side of fan service, but I’m certainly not complaining, especially when a part of that fan service is the long-awaited quick reply.

After installing the beta of iOS 8, one of the first things I’ve begun to play around with is the stock Message app, and of course, perhaps the most anticipated feature in iOS 8: quick reply. Have a look at our video walkthrough of some of the most prominent iOS 8 Messages app features. Read More


Here’s what it’s like to install iOS 8 [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2014

I’m in a hotel room Kyoto, Japan right now and it’s 5 am in the morning, but I wouldn’t miss this for anything. Like you, I just got finished watching the WWDC keynote, and I was blown away by what Apple unveiled.

Of course, there was no new hardware revealed at WWDC, but that was pretty much expected. What we didn’t expect, was to have our socks knocked off by iOS 8, as it seemed that this year was the year of OS X Yosemite.

It was, indeed, a big year for Yosemite, but I believe iOS 8 stole the show. Thinks like third-party keyboard support, the Health app, quick reply, and Inter-app communication stole the show.

With all of that said, I wanted to bring you a first video showcasing the install process for iOS 8. If you’ve ever installed iOS 7, then you pretty much know what to expect here, as its very similar. Check out our install video, and check back for more breakdowns of the new features offered in iOS 8. Read More


Apple posts ‘Apps We Can’t Live Without’ video from WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

Apple opened up this morning’s WWDC keynote with a video about developers and the apps they make for Apple’s devices. Unsurprisingly, the clip was well-done and paid tribute to the strong app ecosystem developers have helped build for Mac and iOS.

For those that missed the presentation, Apple just posted the clip to its YouTube channel. It’s called ‘Apps We Can’t Live Without,’ and it highlights a number of apps that are being used in various fields and professions. And we’ve got it for you after the fold… Read More


How to add Alt+Tab functionality to your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on May 31, 2014

Flipflop is a jailbreak tweak that brings Alt+Tab-esque functionality to iOS by means of a handy Activator action. The tweak can be assigned to any available Activator gesture, but the developer hints that the Home button is best suited as the means of which to activate the tweak.

If you’re looking to be able to quickly switch back and forth between two apps, then Flipflop is a jailbreak release that will give you such functionality. Take a gander at our video walkthrough past the jump. Read More


Concept imagines how Apple could implement Home screen widgets in iOS

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2014

Ah, the widgets. Among the defining Android features, widgets regularly find themselves on top of many people’s wish list for iOS. Apple does not provide iOS widget functionality, though it’s a non-issue to folks who are jailbroken thanks to literally hundreds, if not thousands, of widgets in Cydia.

I guess you could go as far as saying widgets are one of the prime allures of jailbreaking. While no one outside Apple can’t really tell whether or not the company will ever allow widgets into the App Store, we can always speculate: there’s (some) hope for widgets in iOS as Tim Cook alluded to opening up iOS a little bit more for third party developers in the future.

Until that day comes, non-jailbreakers are stuck with a bunch of concepts. Enter Jay Machalani, the brains behind this remarkable concept envisioning widgets in iOS. ‘iOS Blocks’, as he calls them, resemble Live Tiles in Windows and can be moved around and placed anywhere on the Home screen with a simple gesture… Read More


Watch the full Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine interview at Code Conference

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2014

Having originally anticipated sending its online services and software engineering chiefs, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, to speak at’s Recode Conference, Apple’s changed its mind after announcing the $3 billion Beats buy and has opted to dispatch Beats co-founder and music mogul Jimmy Iovine instead of Craig.

My colleague Cody has published several articles covering the two men’s appearance at the conference. Based on a couple video snippets Recode published earlier this week, we’ve heard that Apple’s best product pipeline in 25 years is coming later in 2014, learned about the latest iTunes stats and gotten amused by Eddy Cue’s opinion on the current state of TV (in short, it “sucks”).

The interview is now available for streaming straight from Recode and I’ve included the full video for your viewing pleasure right after the break… Read More


FlipCam: a quicker way to switch between the front and rear-facing camera

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

FlipCam is an extremely simple jailbreak tweak that does one thing and one thing only. FlipCam allows you to quickly switch between the front-facing camera and rear-facing camera using a long press on the camera viewfinder.

At times I find that the button used to switch between views is in a difficult to reach spot, because it’s located in the upper right-hand corner of the Camera app interface. FlipCam makes it easy to switch between each camera view, because the viewfinder is always within reach. Take a glance at our video walkthrough after the break for more information. Read More


StatusPeek: replace the Notification Center grabber with the status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

StatusPeek is an interesting new Cydia release that does something pretty cool. It allows you to replace the little grabber icon—the thing that appears when invoking Notification Center while in a full-screen app—with something useful: the status bar.

In essence, StatusPeek allows you to quickly look at the contents of the stock status bar—the bar the normally resides at the top of the screen, which contains the time, signal strength, etc.—while within a full-screen application.

In a default state, full-screen apps remove the status bar to allow for more screen real estate, so having the status bar more easily at ones disposal makes perfect sense. Check out our video walkthrough inside to see how StatusPeek works. Read More


How to make the stock Camera app more minimal

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

MinimalCamera is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to remove the UI elements from the stock Camera app’s viewfinder. It works in all modes, including photo mode and video modes.

This tweak provides users with a simple and distraction free canvas for composing new shots. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to catch a glimpse of MinimalCamera in action. Read More


OkSiri: always-on voice recognition for Siri

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

One of my favorite things about Android is the “OK Google” command that allows you to perform quick voice searches on a whim. Now iPhone users can (sort of) join in on the fun.

OkSiri is a brand new jailbreak tweak that brings always-on voice recognition to iOS 7 devices. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for a demonstration of how it works. Read More


Complete Me Not: remove the ‘Complete My Album’ button from the stock Music app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

The Complete My Album button in the stock Music app is found for incomplete albums that you purchased via iTunes. For example, if you download one or two popular songs from an artist, Apple will try to up-sell you (for lack of a better word) the rest of the album using a convenient button.

I wrote all about the Complete My Album feature in our ultimate Music App guide, so I recommend you check that out to learn more. But if you already know how Complete My Album works, then you know why Complete Me Not would be a handy tweak to have at your disposal. Take a look at our video walkthrough after the break for all of the details. Read More


How to make iOS do a barrel roll

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

If you’re my age (32) then you’re probably very familiar with where the “Do a Barrel Roll” meme originated. It was from Star Fox 64, a game for the Nintendo 64. In it, one of the protagonists instructs you to “Do a Barrel” roll, which allowed you to miraculously dodge hails of bullets.

The phrase has since been eternalized by means of the Internet, and even Google got in on the fun with a hidden feature built into its search. iPhone users can now make iOS do a barrel roll as well. It’s possible by means of a recently developed tweak by Ryan Petrich.

The tweak, which is appropriately entitled BarrelRoll, allows you to make your iPhone do a Barrel Roll on command. Have a look at our video walkthrough for the full scoop. Read More


‘Volume Mixer’ brings granular control to iOS’ audio categories

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

Volume Mixer is a jailbreak tweak that resides in Notification Center. It allows you to independently control the different audio categories in iOS at any time.

If you’ve ever used an Android device, then you may be familiar with the concept of controlling different volume entities like Bluetooth, Ringtones, AV, Headsets, Phone, etc. You can control those entities individually without actually being within a respective active audio session.

Have a look at our full video walkthrough after the break to see Volume Mixer in action. Read More


‘AlbumSnapper’ is now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

AlbumSnapper—the awesome new jailbreak tweak that allows you to create and assign photos to albums on the fly—is now available for download on Cydia. The tweak, which is available for $0.99, was reviewed a few weeks ago and was met with a positive response.

To use AlbumSnapper, just tap the Album button that appears next to the front facing camera button inside of the stock Camera app. Doing so will invoke a sheet that allows you to select a designated album for the photos that you snap. Have a look at our full video walkthrough of the tweak after the jump. Read More

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